Iloilo City gov’t, Ayala partner for teacher, youth training


Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas recently led the signing of the memorandum of agreement with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) for the training of teachers, school heads, and youth leaders in the city.

The AFI was represented by its president Ruel Marangan and Attorney-in-Fact Joanna Maria Duarte.

Treñas lauded the partnership with AFI as he emphasized the impact of private-public partnerships on economic growth.

“This is a very clear indication that here in Iloilo City we have a very strong public-private partnership. I believe that it is only thru the public-private partnership that we can move the city forward and that is the reason why city council and other stakeholders are very open with agreements like this,” he said.

The two training projects – the Leadership Communities (LEADCOM) and the Centex Training Institute – will commence next year. (

LEADCOM is a 12-month program that aims to empower youth leaders including Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Officers, while the Centex Training Institute will train teachers and school heads for a three-year mentorship program.

“Our training for our youth leaders, we gather youth leaders in barangay. We train them with servant leadership, project management, and then entrepreneur skills to come up with their own project. What we do is we are the platform to help them figure out, scout the community, tingnan nila kung ano yung mga problema and find the solutions for them,” said Duarte.

The Centex Training Institute, on one hand, will be an “intensive training” and mentoring program for teachers and school heads for three to four days.